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Manny Pacquiao: Olympics would be an ‘honor’

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Manny Pacquiao said it would be “my honor” to represent the Philippines at the Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

“If I would be asked to represent boxing, why not?” Pacquiao said in a statement Wednesday, according to AFP. “I would do everything for my country.”

Last Wednesday, International Boxing Association (AIBA) president Ching-Kuo Wu said a proposal to open Olympic boxing to all fighters could be ratified within months, potentially in time for the Rio Games in August, according to The Associated Press.

Pacquiao, 37 and the only boxer to hold world titles in eight weight divisions, is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley on April 9 in what may be his last bout as a professional.

Filipino media previously reported that Wu spoke with Pacquiao at the AIBA World Championships last October about possibly fighting at the Rio Olympics.

On Tuesday, AIBA did not confirm, deny or comment on a report that Pacquiao could be offered a wild-card spot in the Rio Olympics.

“The extraordinary congress vote will take place on 31st May 2016 concerning pro eligibility, if ratified, eligibility and registration to compete at Olympic Games is at the discretion of the national federation,” AIBA said in a statement.

Pacquiao’s AFP statement came five days after his longtime promoter and adviser reportedly dismissed the possibility that Pacquiao could fight in the Olympics if it’s opened up to all pro boxers.

Pacquiao never boxed in previous Olympics, but he did carry the Philippines’ flag into the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony.

The Philippines has won nine Olympic medals, none gold.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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